2020 Dutch Emigration to North America Tour

Emigration Tour

This exciting tour brings you to the Netherlands to get up close to the emigration of Dutch to North America. Find all the details in this brochure AADAS Netherlands Emigration Tour.

2020 AADAS Emigration and Ancestry Tour

AADAS Emigration and Ancestry Tour, Monday, April 29-Monday, May 12, 2020

At the 2017 conference in Fulton, members wanted to give AADAS more visibility, especially in non-conference years. The board appointed a committee to look at the feasibility of organizing a trip to the Netherlands. It recommended an emigration and ancestry tour, a relatively empty niche in Dutch tourism, despite the growing interest in the subject. The board approved the idea and appointed Henk Aay and Mary Risseeuw to organize the tour. Witte travel in Grand Rapids will handle the group flight, land transportation, and hotels and will soon produce a brochure for the tour from the text that Mary and Henk will write. The tour group will stay in just two hotels, one in the east in Zwolle, and one in the southwest, in Dordrecht. We are arranging conversations over lunch with people from the areas we are visiting who have relatives/friends overseas. We are trying hard to keep the price around $4500 per person (including air and ground transportation, accommodations, tour guides, daily breakfasts, five lunches and several group dinners, but not including personal travel and other meals).

Here is a tentative itinerary for the tour, Monday, April 29- Monday, May 12, 2020.

Wednesday, April 29   Departure: Chicago to A’dam

Thursday, April 30        A’dam to Open Air Museum, Arnhem (guide) then to hotel in Zwolle; group supper

Friday, May 1                 Friesland tour (guide, Dr. Annemieke Galema); Start in Leeuwarden (talk), tour coastal municipalities; lunch: Zwarte Haan (guests)

Saturday, May 2            Groningen tour through Hogeland (guide from University of Groningen) with possible stops in Warfum’s open air museum (guide); Verhildersum (lunch, guests), and Ulrum (Secession site)

Sunday, May 3               Open Day

Monday, May 4             Achterhoek, Gelderland Tour (Winterswijk, etc., guides); Lunch (guests); dodenherdenking

Tuesday, May 5             Open Day, Liberation Day-public holiday

Wednesday, May 6      Catholic Migration from Noord Brabant led by Dr. Hans Krabbendam; start in Nijmegen, Catholic Archive (talk); lunch in Uden (guests); then to second hotel in Dordrecht

Thursday, May 7           The Hague: National Archive; Lunch; Antwerp: Red Star Line Museum (guide)

Friday, May 8                 Rotterdam: Maritiem Museum (guide); Lunch; Holland America Line Quay

Saturday, May 9            Zeeuws Vlaanderen (guides, lunch/guests); tour and visit a number of villages (e.g. Oostburg, Terneuzen, Cadzand, etc.); possible return via Walcheren

Sunday, May 11            Open Day; Group Supper

Monday, May 12          Return: A’dam to Chicago

Tuesday, May 13          Optional Extension for Visits to places of family history

Wednesday, May 14    Optional Extension for Visits to places of family history

Contact Mary Risseuw with Questions and to Sign-Up (mrisseeuw@yahoo.com),












Membership Renewal

Be a member of AADAS and receive the following benefits:

  • Receive the biannual Newsletter, the official organ of the Association, which keeps members informed of recent archival acquisitions, new research materials and methods, and members’ activities
  • Receive a book containing selected papers of the biennial conferences
  • Receive a “members’ rate” for conference registrations

There are two ways to be a member. You can download the form, print it out, and mail it with a check or money order to:

C/O Joint Archives of Holland
Hope College
PO BOX 9000
Holland, MI 49422-9000

Or you can register online via PayPal.

If you have any questions before signing up, please contact us.

Membership Letter

TO: AADAS Membership

FROM: David Zwart, AADAS Treasurer

DATE: January 16, 2017

SUBJECT: Treasurer’s Report

I wanted to write a quick update on the financial position of the association and some exciting new initiatives.

First, our balance at the end of 2016 was strong. The board decided to move the money to a West Michigan bank after many years using the accounting services at Calvin College. Our biggest expense is generally the publication and distribution of the conference proceedings. We also use the membership funds to print and distribute the newsletter and various other office supplies.

The board also authorized using funds to develop a new website. We paid a one-time fee to design the site and now pay a hosting fee. It is a work in progress but should serve us for years to come. We thank Yvette Hoitink for her service to get the first website going and keeping it updated for many years. The the old site needed major updating so the board decided to move it to a new web host and platform.

Finally, with the updated website we also created an account to accept online payments. We use the service PayPal which charges a fee for each use. It will provide simple way to pay membership fees, particularly for our international members. We still gladly accept mailed checks and membership forms.

The board looks forward to your continuing support of the work of the association by renewing your membership.

2015 Conference

The Dutch experience in North America, from the voyage of Henry Hudson to the recent migrations of dairy farmers, stretches across four centuries. Two major scholarly traditions—one focusing on New Netherland and the other on the 19th- and 20th-century immigration, settlement, and culture in the Midwest and beyond—have studied the Dutch experience with limited contact. “The Dutch in America Across the Centuries: Connections and Comparisons,” jointly sponsored by the New Netherland Institute (NNI) and the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies (AADAS), brings these two communities together.

Summary: The conference and its companion events will take place over three days, beginning on Thursday the 17th of September and concluding on Saturday the 19th. In addition to the two-day conference’s six sessions and fifteen speakers, there will be a tour of the Upper Hudson Valley’s Dutch heritage sites, an opening reception at the Fort Orange Club in Albany, and a dinner following Friday’s conference. Kathy Sheehan, mayor of Albany, will welcome all conference attendees to the opening reception at the Fort Orange Club.

Click on this link for details on conference speakers:


Online registration closes at midnight on September 14th. Registration is available on the day of the conference.

Thursday, September 17
8:30-6:00: Field Trip: Dutch Heritage Sites
5:00: Fort Orange Club tour
6:00-7:30: Opening Reception at the Fort Orange Club (Cash Bar)
Friday, September 18 (Morning)
8:30: Registration and coffee
9:00-9:30: Welcome and Introductions
9:30-10:30: Session 1
11:00-12:30: Session 2
12:30-2:00: Box Lunch Provided
Friday, September 18 (Afternoon)
2:00-3:30: Session 3
4:00-5:00: Session 4
6:00: Cocktail Hour at Yono’s (Cash Bar)
7:00: Banquet & Awards at Yono’s in the Hampton Inn; Russell Shorto talk entitled “Two ‘Dutchmen’ in the American Revolution.”
Saturday, September 19 (Morning)
8:30: Registration and coffee
9:00-10:30: Session 5
11:00-12:00: Session 6
12:00: Box Lunch Provided
Organizational Meeting for Dutch-American Group (DAG)

Bus from Grand Rapids: For those interested, arrangements have been made for a bus to Albany leaving from Calvin College’s Prince Conference Center 7:00AM on Wednesday, September 16, arriving at the Hampton Inn in Albany around suppertime, leaving for Grand Rapids around 1:00 on Saturday, Sept. 19 and returning to Grand Rapids around midnight. The same coach will be used for the all day field trip to Dutch heritage sites in the Hudson Valley on Thursday, September 17. The cost for the Grand Rapids-Albany round trip is $100.

Tour: Led by guide Heleen Westerhuijs, co-author of Exploring Dutch New York: New York City, Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Delaware, we will explore a number of colonial Dutch heritage sites in the northern part of the Hudson Valley. The tour will begin with the Bronck Museum in Coxsackie, then explore and lunch in the Stockade District of Kingston (Wiltwijck), move on to a quick visit to Hurley (Nieuw Dorp) and, finally, get acquainted with Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz. We will depart from the Hampton Inn in Albany at 8:30 and return at 6:00. The cost will be $70 per person (includes admissions; lunch not included).


Hotel: Conference attendees can receive a discount rate ($129 per night) from Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown. Use Group Code S20 at checkout.

Lunch at the conference: Attendees will need to choose a lunch for both Friday and Saturday. Lunch is included in the price of admission to the conference.

Dinner on Friday night: Dinner will be at Yono’s in the Hampton Inn in Albany on Friday night at 7:00. The dinner will be a rijsttafel, a traditional Indonesian/Dutch meal that contains various dishes, similar to a buffet. The cost of dinner is $75 per person and includes complementary red or white wine.





AADAS members receive the conference proceedings, a biannual newsletter and get a “member’s rate” for conference registrations.


To encourage the involvement of young researchers, students get a discount membership for only $15 per year.

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